Tag Brianna Russell-Weddington

Writing for the Universe

I hate writing for the universe. It’s like dancing in front of a jeering crowd, painfully aware of yourself. You feel caged in your own body with every thought from the audience jabbing your heart as you move. Yet unlike dancing, writers can’t avoid the audience. They are haunted by them in every word they write. The audience will weasel the heart out of you, whether you like it or

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Free Speech and the Cultural Balancing Act

Americans often take for granted that they can say just about anything without the looming concern of dire consequences. They can assume a position on something, announce it as loudly and vehemently as they like, and avoid censure regardless of the fact that someone else doesn’t approve of it. This idea was fundamental to the formation of the United States, and it is still upheld in terms of legal precedent and enforcement. Yet there

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